He was born on Sept. 7, 1949, in Anderson.
Stephen grew up in Anderson attending Roosevelt Elementary School and graduating from Madison Heights High School in 1967 where he was in the band. He attended Anderson University before being drafted into the U.S. Navy and served for six years on the USS Pogy working on nuclear reactors and submarines.
He attended Whetstone Christian Church in his younger years and was attending Park Place Church of God.
He was known for his love of Biblical Theology Studies, his good sense of humor and heart for teaching. He loved his pet dogs and cats and was a model train enthusiast.
At various times he held jobs at Best Buy in Castleton, Border Bookstore at Keystone Fashion Mall, The Game Preserve in Broad Ripple, The Wizard's Keep in Muncie, Walden Book Sellers and Calendar's Kiosk in Anderson and was a teacher at Summit Academy in Zionsville.
He also made miniature sculptures and was an artist, role-playing game developer and participated in GEN-CON.
Stephen is survived by his loving spouse, Elizabeth Jean Lortz; daughter, Genevieve Wilson; granddaughter, Savannah Wilson; siblings, Leatha (Bob) Lemen and Nancy (Michael) Hoggatt; nieces and nephews, David (Christine) Lemen, Alice (Daniel) Kleinschmidt, Gloria (Mark) Arthur, Anna Warmuth, Ruby (companion, Chris May) Bethke, James D. Hoggatt, Aimee (Scott) Zabinski; and several great-nieces and nephews, including Ashley Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee E. and Atha C. Lortz; brother, Kurt M. Lortz; and nieces and nephews, Matthew Lemen, Sarah Mendez, and Michelle Hamilton.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today at Park Place Church of God.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Research or local SPCA.